Meet Matthew, a Total intern working for Total Exploration & Production in Australia (TEPAU). He is a student at Curtin University, where he’s studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Commerce, majoring in Chemical Engineering and Finance.


Working on real world challenges


“During my time as an intern I have been exposed to the current challenges that Total is facing. It is fulfilling to know my work has assisted Total in reaching solutions to such challenges. For example, it has been very interesting to complete work on the Gladstone LNG (liquified natural gas) project. My work has primarily been on asset retirement; developing a cost figure for coal seam gas infrastructure within the scope of GLNG. I am currently creating a spreadsheet to track this retirement which will be used by Total throughout the project’s life.”


A Highly positive and personally enriching experience


The internship has confirmed my desire to pursue work within the oil and gas industry. I would love to stay on the technical side or in a HSE role, and to strengthen the skills learned during my internship. The experience has been highly positive and personally enriching, and has aided my transition from a university student into a graduate chemical engineer.


What I have enjoyed most is Total’s culture. The workplace is always a positive and highly motivating environment to be in. I work alongside colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to support me, who are very approachable and always have something constructive to say. This has really helped me deliver my best throughout the internship.


Advice for future Total interns: take every opportunity!


What I found most surprising about my internship is the confidence my mentors have in me to work independently. The more you are exposed to as an intern, the more you will learn and develop your skills. At Total, you are surrounded by a team of people that want to see you succeed, so never hesitate to ask for help or feedback.


Communication and organisation are the fundamental skills to successfully carry out a piece of work. It is also important to be proactive, to take ownership of your work and set a high standard! My advice to anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps is to make the most of your experience and take every opportunity you can.”